FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/01/96
Contact: Margie Yu, CSLA Public Affairs Assistant,
CAL STATE L.A.'S PAT BROWN INSTITUTE AWARDS DINNER TO
BUILD PARTNERSHIPS FOR CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE
BUILD PARTNERSHIPS FOR CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE
Los Angeles, California -- April 1, 1996 -- On Wednesday,
April 17, 1996, The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute
of Public Affairs (PBI) at California State University, Los Angeles
will honor the outstanding public service contributions and achievement
of individuals and organizations at its 15th Annual Pat Brown
Institute Awards Dinner. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m.,
followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., at The Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles.
This year's event includes a special tribute to the Institute's
namesake and former California Governor Edmund G. "Pat"
Brown, who died on February 16, at the age of 90. The tribute
to the legacy of "Pat" Brown in "Building Partnerships
for California's Future" will be given by Charlie Casey,
Governor Brown's grandson, followed by a toast by Assemblyman
Former U.S. Congressman Norman Y. Mineta, Senior Vice President
and Managing Director of Transportation Systems Services, Lockheed
Martin, will be honored this year with The Pat Brown Legacy
Award. The Ethnic Coalition of Southern California will receive
the Horizon Leadership Award.
In addition, Public Service Awards will be presented to
the Honorable Delbert Wong, Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles
County; Thomas S. Sayles, Vice President of Governmental and
Regulatory Affairs, Pacific Enterprises; Southern California Gas
Company; The MultiCultural Collaborative; David and Carol Sickler,
Region IV, AFL-CIO & LA County Federation of Labor; and Lillian
Kawasaki, General Manager of Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs.
For more information and reservations, call The Edmund G. "Pat"
Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3770.
The Pat Brown Legacy Award
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who recently retired as
Congressman representing California's 15th Congressional District,
is the 1996 honoree of the Pat Brown Legacy Award for his
decades of public service reflecting the public policy ideals
of former Governor "Pat" Brown. Now Senior Vice President
and Managing Director of Transportation Systems Services for Lockheed
Martin, Mineta was successively elected to Congress from his Santa
Clara and Santa Cruz district, which included much of the city
of San Jose, from 1974 until his retirement from the public sector
As chair of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation
during the 103rd Congress, Mineta was the first American of Asian
ancestry to chair a major committee in Congress. Overall, his
wide legislative expertise in Washington included transportation,
high-technology industry, trade, NASA, federal budget, civil rights
and issues of importance to Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands
A member of the Board of Regents of Santa Clara University, Mineta
has been a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution
since 1979. He is also on the Kennedy Center's Board of Directors.
Mineta is married to Danealia Mineta. He has two sons, David
and Stuart, from his previous marriage, and two stepsons, Bob
and Mark Brantner.
Horizons Leadership Award
The Ethnic Coalition of Southern California (TEC), an
organization founded in September 1988 by 25 African American,
Asian American and Latino leaders, will be the recipient of the
Horizons Leadership Award, given by the Institute to recognize
Los Angeles' new generation of emerging leadership. Created to
fill a void of underrepresentation in the decision-making process
by people of color at formal and informal regional governance
levels, TEC actively engages in the formulation and restructuring
of urban and regional policies that impact and shape the quality
of the Southland's physical, economic and social environments.
The Horizons Leadership Award will be accepted by The
Ethnic Coalition's three co-chairs: Joanne Kumamoto, Marilyn Morton
and Diane Pasillas de Araujo.
Lifetime Community Service Award
Receiving the Lifetime Community Service Award will be
the Honorable Delbert E. Wong, retired Superior Court Judge
of Los Angeles County. When he was appointed to the Los Angeles
Municipal Court in 1959 -- by newly elected Governor "Pat"
Brown -- Judge Wong was the first person of Chinese descent to
serve as a judge in the entire continental United States. After
elevation in 1961, he served on the Superior Court bench for more
than 20 years, including five years in the three-judge Appellate
Aside from serving on many Superior Court committees, Judge
Wong has been active on the boards of community organizations
such as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California,
the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Boy Scouts of
America, Chinese American Citizens Alliance and the Optimist Boys
Together with his wife, Dolores, Judge Wong participates in numerous
other community organization activities.
Corporate Public Service Award
Thomas S. Sayles, Vice President of Governmental &
Regulatory Affairs for Pacific Enterprises, and the Southern
California Gas Company, of which Pacific Enterprises is the
parent entity, will be jointly honored with PBI's Corporate
Public Service Award.
Prior to joining the Southern California Gas Co. in 1994,
Sayles had been a deputy attorney general in the California attorney
general's office, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Secretary
of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
and Commissioner of Corporations in the Wilson administration.
On September 22, 1994, Sayles was appointed by Governor Wilson
to the University of California Board of Regents.
Sayles and the Southern California Gas Co. have demonstrated
model corporate citizenship in the L. A. Metropolitan Region.
Community Public Service Award
The Community Public Service Award is being presented
to the MultiCultural Collaborative (MCC), which was founded
in the aftermath of the April 1992 riots in Los Angeles, when
a cross-section of multiethnic civil rights organizations came
together to create a collaboration which would develop strategies
to eliminate intergroup conflict by promoting collaborative actions
geared towards achieving social and economic equity and justice
Among its current activities, the MCC is helping to develop
several community-based partnerships, including the Community-School
Initiative, a parent organizing project geared toward cooperative
school restructuring efforts, and the Community Conflict Resolution
Network, which involves local and national mediation programs
engaging in joint activities and coordinated crisis intervention.
Executive Director Joe Hicks will accept the Community
Public Service Award for the MultiCultural Collaborative.
Labor Public Service Award
David and Carole Sickler, respectively Director of
Region VI, AFL-CIO, and Legislative Liaison for the Los Angeles
County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, are the joint honorees receiving
the Labor Public Service Award. Going to work at the Coors
Brewery in Golden, Colorado at the age of 19, Dave Sickler spent
ten years as shop steward and organizer before being elected business
manager of Brewery Workers Union, Local 366. He has been Director
of Region VI, which covers California, Nevada and Hawaii, for
the past ten years. He has been in the leadership, over the previous
20 years, in promoting and creating unique labor-community partnership,
which have gained national recognition.
Carole Sickler was no stranger to organized labor when she
first came to the labor movement at the age of 17, as she went
to work for the Los Angeles Cooks Union, Local 468, after graduation
from Montebello High School. Her grandfather was an officer in
the United Mine Workers union in Pennsylvania. She was a member
of the original staff of the AFL-CIO Los Angeles-Orange Counties
Organizing Committee. In 1979, she became the program coordinator
for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and, in 1993, legislative
liaison was added to her responsibilities.
Carole is married to David Sickler. In addition to a son,
daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, Dave and Carole consider
the labor movement their family.
Environment Public Service Award
Lillian Kawasaki, an alumna of Cal State L.A. and
General Manager of the Los Angeles City Environmental Affairs
Department, is recipient of the PBI's inaugural Environmental
Public Service Award. Formerly Director of Environmental
Management for the Port of Los Angeles, Kawasaki was appointed
to the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and
Technology (NACEPT), which advises the Administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on national management policies
and programs. She also serves on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration
Project and is the Environmental Chairperson for the Los Angeles
Sister Cities, Inc.